After the victory in the Falklands war, Burt, Assistant Secretary of State-Designate for European Affairs reported to Secretary of State Haig in a telegram saying:
Opinion is divided in the UK about the long-term impact of the Falklands crisis. Some, such as Julian Bullard, see the Falklands war as an ephemeral episode with little lasting significance. Others, including Sir Michael Palliser, suggest that victory in the South Atlantic has restored the confidence of the British people, ending the “little England” cycle of retreat from responsibility initiated by failure at Suez.
(source:Foreign Relations of the United States, 1981–1988, Volume Document 358)
Why did he use the term of little England cycle of retreat from responsibility initiated by failure at Suez? I know what happened during the Suez crisis.
What did the UK do after the Suez crisis to make Burt describe Britain as " little England cycle of retreat from responsibility"?